Release Day! Interviewing Jill and Clay

Woot! It’s release day for Her Deadly Reunion, and I’m interviewing Jill and Clay to find out how they’re feeling about this latest adventure in their lives.

So Jill and Clay, I’m glad to have you with us on this exciting day! We know you two met and came to love each other in the first book, Her Deadly Inheritance. What did you hope to accomplish in this second story in your series?

Jill (sitting on my couch next to Clay): At my birth father’s invitation, I went to Milwaukee to meet him, hoping finally to know the loving father-daughter relationship I longed for all my life. But I arrived to find he might not have long to live. My heart broke, knowing we might have so little time. And discovering someone might be trying to kill him frightened me into action. Not the first Christmas I had envisioned with him.

And how about you, Clay?

Clay (with his arm around Jill): I went with Jill to give her the support she would need. But also with big plans to make our first Christmas special. I intended to include her father in my plans, if he was willing. Never had I experienced so many obstacles. And danger? I wasn’t sure any of the three of us would escape the deadly trap a killer had set for us. Jill is right–this was not the beautiful Christmas we expected until ….

Obviously all turned out well, since you two are here today and healthy.

Clay (smiling at Jill): Yes, Jill and I–with God’s help–make a good team.

You sure do. But now that this second adventure is over, what good news can readers expect in your future?

Jill: Clay leaves soon to renovate a historic hotel in Port au Prince, Haiti, and I will join him the last two weeks to finish plans for our wedding on Easter morning.

That is good news! You’re not expecting any more difficulties, are you?

Jill and Clay smile and shrug their shoulders, and I don’t blame them. Trouble does seem to find them wherever they go!

It likely won’t be different in the third book in their series,Her Deadly Vows.

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Dear Reader, if you have any questions for Jill and Clay, please let me know, and I’ll ask them.

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“Merry Christmas” Morning?

Believe it or not! We woke up to a “Merry Christmas” morning today. A bit early … as it’s early November yet … but hey! It’s beautiful and MOST APPROPRIATE.

Why? Because …

Believe it or not, in just seven days Her Deadly Reunion releases! And … it has a Christmas setting in beautiful Wisconsin.  With all the celebration and snow tucked into Jill and Clay’s continuing romance. And heart-stopping suspense as they race to outwit a yet another killer.

You’ve been asking for this sequel to Her Deadly Inheritance (Thank you so very much!). So here’s your chance to grab a copy. Go to Amazon or order it through your local bookstore. And enjoy!

Blessings to you all … and Merry Christmas (when it arrives)!

Christian Fiction Lovers Romantic Suspense Facebook Party–So Much Fun!

Wow! Monday night’s Christian Fiction Lovers Romantic Suspense Facebook Party was exciting and–in my estimation–a complete success. So much fun!

In case you missed it … I’m super excited to tell you that my friend Christy win one of the event’s two Grand prizes–the Amazon gift card. Congratulations, Christy Calkins!

Arletta Boulton won the other Grand Prize–all five featured novels by the participating authors. So I will send her an autographed copy of Her Deadly Inheritance. Congratulations,Arletta Boulton!

Wondering what goes on at a Facebook book or author party? Well, they’re an exciting mix of getting to know the authors and their latest novels, fun questions and activities to compete for prizes, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And of course, prizes … because each author also gives away one or more prizes. So, lots of prizes.

My half-hour segment’s two prize winners are Brenda Murphree (e-book of Her Deadly Inheritance) and Trixi Oberembt (pre-ordered e-book of Her Deadly Reunion). Congratulations to Brenda and Trixi! 

Next time you are invited to an author or book Facebook party, I hope you’ll make a point of joining in the fun!

See you there!

Her Deadly Reunion Debuts!

Can’t believe it!  The ink is barely dry, but this week Her Deadly Reunion, sequel to Her Deadly Inheritance, made two debut appearances:

First, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas put it up on Amazon for pre-sales.

Then, off to the Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Florida for the SIBA — the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance — tradeshow (September 13-15).

SIBA identifies itself as “a trade alliance for privately-held, brick & mortar, commercially zoned, retail indie bookstores in the south.”

As you can see, publisher Eddie Jones put together a great display of LPC books for this event. And to my complete surprise, he included Her Deadly Reunion which first releases November 15 on Amazon. If you look carefully to Eddie’s right, you will see the first paperback copy of Her Deadly Reunion on the top shelf. Thank you, Eddie!

 

Reaching for Your Dream

What is it about a dream–that something we would dearly love to accomplish … if only? I wrote this piece as I struggled toward my dream almost eleven years before Her Deadly Inheritance appeared in print and e-book.

Maybe you’ve felt this way–or feel this way now–as you reach for your dream.

The Frustration

I slumped at my desk and closed my eyes in an effort to trap the tears that threatened to escape. “I’m ready to give up, Lord! I’ve worked on this novel and worked on it some more. It’s just not getting anywhere.”

“I’m weary of the battle, Lord. I don’t think I’ll ever finish it.” Tears traced wet paths down my face.

Oh, great! I palmed them away. “Please, Lord, if you have an idea to share, I could sure use it now.”

Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.  ~ Proverbs 16:3 (TLB)

What? Surely God knew I had dedicated each piece of my writing dream to him from the very beginning. Obviously, I was missing something behind those twelve short words.

Something important.

Several hours later, I pushed aside my concordances, commentaries, and dictionaries and picked up what I had distilled from them. I stared at the pages.

So that was the problem.

Committing my work to the Lord involved more than offering a quick prayer before I barreled ahead with my plan. It was spreading everything before the Lord each morning — my manuscript, plans, deadline schedules — and most of all, myself. It was sharing my difficulties and delights with him, both writing and otherwise. It was praying, “Lord, here am I. Use me. What do you want me to accomplish today?”

I knelt down to do that very thing.

Before long I saw significant progress in the novel’s development. Excitement about the project returned! I couldn’t wait to get to my desk each morning and boot up my computer.

How glad I am to have learned this valuable lesson: Being a Christian writer isn’t a simple matter of being a Christian and writing. It’s being a Christian who lays her dream at the feet of the Lord and obeys him. As I look back, every one of my published manuscripts was a fruit of God’s plan, not mine. Painful as all the years of struggle have been, I am grateful that God continues to preserve that precious pattern.

Dear Reader, this piece has been a long time coming, and now you know why. Until next time . . . look to the Lord. He will help you overcome your frustrations!

Copyright 2005 Beth Ann Ziarnik

Are you reaching for your dream? May I encourage you to work at it and stick with it until it’s accomplished in the Lord’s timing? It truly will be worth it all.

Remembering the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Won’t be long before the fireworks light up the night skies again, right?

With the heat and humidity, indoors seems the best place for me–maybe you too! But this morning I enthusiastically decked out the house–inside and out–with 4th of July decorations that I remembered using during the local book launch party for Her Deadly Inheritance. Perfect!

That led to recalling those two fun summers Jim and I went to Munising and Grand Island, Michigan to research the setting for Her Deadly Inheritance. What fun we had participating in the old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, beginning with the morning parade in town and ending with the evening fireworks over Murray Bay. Just about everything we experienced found its way into the novel–pie eating contest, chainsaw wood carving, free ice cream, firemen’s water hose fight, sack races, and so much more.

Which led to remembering Jill and Clay (my novel’s heroine and hero) enjoying their Fourth of July in the novel with a touch of romance and a whole lot of suspense.

And finally remembering you wonderful readers, wishing you the very best celebration and wondering how you are celebrating this very special day.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

What is your favorite Fourth of July memory? Or most memorable Fourth of July? I’d love to hear about it.